The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things (also, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki) is a Canadian television series of documentary programs. It debuted on the CBC on November 6, 1960. Many of the programs document nature and the effect that humans have on it. The program was one of the first to explore environmental issues, such as clear-cut logging. [1]

The series is named after an epic poem by Roman philosopher Lucretius: "Dē Rērum Nātūrā" — On the Nature of Things.

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History

The first host was Donald Ivey, with Patterson Hume co-hosting many episodes.[2] Following Ivey’s departure, the second season continued with several guest hosts, including among others Lister Sinclair, Donald Crowdis and John Livingston.[3] Since 1979, it has been hosted by David Suzuki.[4] The series has won many awards and Suzuki has won three Gemini Awards and one ACTRA Award as best host. Documentarian William Whitehead has also been a frequent writer for the series.

Notable episodes

  • "Reefer Madness 2", the effects of medical marijuana and people dealing with its legalization, 15 October 1998[5]
  • "The Investigation of Swissair 111", 2 September 2003
  • "Darwin's Brave New World", a three-part documentary on the life of Charles Darwin as he wrote The Origin of Species, 1 November 2009
  • "The Downside of High", marijuana's negative effects towards mental illness, 2010[6]

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